The Transhumanist

Kernel: Aims at Making Neural Code Programmable

The brain is an essential organ of the human body. Performing any act involves the brain, without it, life would come to a standstill. There are numerous things that are yet to be unlocked so as to understand brain completely. Bryan Johnson’s startup company Kernel is preparing itself to unravel the powers of the brain. Thereby, making neural code programming a possibility.

Bryan Johnson who is also Braintree founder has recently announced that he is investing $100 million in a study that aims to reveal the wide potentialities of the brain. Such a study attempts to prevent neurological diseases. Also, to boost human capabilities that enable us to withstand the artificially intelligent systems. Mainly, to provide a guarantee that robots do not outstrip us.

Kernel is trying to do this by creating world’s first neuroprosthesis that can mimic, repair, and improve our cognition. In other words, they are designing computers for our brains.

As Johnson notes, “Our connection with our new creations of intelligence is limited by screens, keyboards, gestural interfaces, and voice commands — constrained input/output modalities. We have very little access to our own brains, limiting our ability to co-evolve with silicon-based machines in powerful ways.”

After programming human biology and genetics, it is our neural code that is next in line, explains the team at Kernel.

Bryan Johnson is pulling together a team of experts to identify the mechanisms underlying our neural code and ultimately make neural code programmable.

The study is lead by  Dr. Theodore W. Berger, who is a professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience and also serves as the director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is the Chief Science Officer at Kernel.

It also has the support of experts from this field. J. Craig Venter who is the founder and CEO of Human Longevity, Inc have announced his support for Kernel. In 1992, Venter founded The Institute for Genomic Research. In 1995 Venter and his team decoded the genome of the first free-living organism.